Proudly serving Colquitt and Worth County, Georgia
Community Access Services are designed to assist individuals in acquiring, retaining, or improving self-help, socialization, and adaptive skills required for active community participation and independent functioning outside the individual's home. These activities typically occur during the day, but can also take place in the evenings or week-ends. The intended outcome of these services is to improve the participant's access to the community through increased skills.
Prevocational Services prepares a person for paid or unpaid employment. The emphasis of prevocational services is directed to habilitative rather than explicit employment objectives. These services include attendance, problem solving, increased attention span, rule compliance, task completion, motor skills, safety, and appropriate social skills. Prevocational Services are individually planned to meet the participants need and the intended outcome is to prepare the participant for paid or unpaid employment.
Supported Employment provides work settings for individuals for whom competitive employment has not traditionally occurred. The Supported Employment Program may also provide work for individuals for whom competitive employment has been interrupted or intermittent as a result of a disability, and who, because of their disability, need ongoing support services to work. The ultimate goal of the Supported Employment Program is to "graduate" individuals into independent employment.
Community Living Support Services are individually tailored supports that assist with the acquisition, retention, or improvement in skills related to an individual's continued residence in his or her personal or family home. Community Living Support Services include training and assistance with activities with the individual's participation in activities in the community. This service enables individuals to live as independently as possible.
Social Services are provided to all people served and include, but are not limited to: Information and referral to other agencies, transition planning, public education, behavioral management, transportation coordination and other participant specific services.
Art classes are offered weekly by professional artists. The program involves the encouragement of free self–expression through painting, drawing, modeling, and other crafts. This opportunity allows service recipients to participate in art therapy, which research has shown to have a beneficial impact on individuals with disabilities.
There is often a gap in services for students between high school and the attainment of adult services. Green Oaks Center can help fill this gap and provide individuals with disabilities services that will enable them to have increased independence, socialization, life skills, job development and other necessary resources that will help prepare them for the next phase in their life.
Shane began attending Green Oaks Center (GOC) in 2007 with one of his goals being the desire to drive. Although Shane had difficulty reading and writing, he worked diligently on studying road signs with assistance from GOC staff, family members, and a tutor. He began learning a few road signs at a time. Shane soon began practicing using a golf cart and would identify signs and their meaning as he drove staff around the grounds of GOC. He also learned how to drive a mower for employment. GOC staff then created a mock driver’s exam and obtained a study guide for him to use at Green Oaks Center and home. He soon began utilizing the computer at Green Oaks to watch training videos and take practice exams. Shane’s efforts and hard work paid off when he recently obtained his driver’s license and purchased his own vehicle. Shane is employed full time with the Green Oaks Center lawn crew and is now using the staff parking lot. All of us would like to congratulate Shane on his perseverance towards realizing his dreams and his dedication to his job. Shane is a true testament of “never give up.” Pictured left to right is Angela Castellow, United Way Director, Jack Simpson, Case Coordination, Russ Joiner, Green Oaks Director, Mike Rodriguez, Instructor and Shane Jacobs, program participant
Russ Joiner, Director of Green Oaks Center, recently spoke to the Moultrie Lions Club about services offered to individuals with disabilities. Joiner discussed the history of Green Oaks Center and how the local program began years before the de-institutionalization of state hospitals that historically filled the gap in community services for people with disabilities. He stated, "The strong support of our community is key to the success of Green Oaks Center and the success of individuals receiving services". The mission of Green Oaks Center is to help individuals with disabilities reach their hopes and dreams through access to education, employment, training, and housing. In support of this mission, The Moultrie Lions Club presented Green Oaks Center with a donation of funds. From Left to Right are Lions Club Member Sam McCord, Green Oaks Center Director Russ Joiner, and Club Vice President James Rehberg.
Green Oaks has positively impacted Colquitt County for over 50 years. Currently, we serve 110 individuals with disabilities and their families (67 whom are employed at jobs linked through the agency). Along with 40 full time staff, Green Oaks indirectly provides employment for 13 transportation workers and 12 residential providers. The agency's purchase of supplies and business associations have an economic impact on more than 75 local businesses and industries. Additionally, the private sector plays a large role in employment with Green Oaks providing janitorial services for 18 locations and lawn care of 65 sites. Green Oaks is proud to be a contributor to the local community as we assist individuals in reaching their goals towards employment and independence.
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2443 Georgia HWY 133 S., P.O.Box 2677, Moultrie, GA 31776, US
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